A Heart Warming Kitchen

Large Center island with seating, double oven, wood cabinetry, beverage centerThe owners of this 1930’s home in Park Ridge loved the classic charm of the house but didn’t love the functionality of the outdated kitchen. Being a family that loves to cook, they knew when they bought it that they wanted to change the kitchen.

“The overall footprint of the kitchen needed to be adjusted,” said Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “The current kitchen layout included a separate breakfast area next to the dining room, which was underutilized and redundant. To improve function and provide much needed storage space, we combined the spaces.”

In order to get a wall long enough to anchor the range top, double oven, refrigerator and beverage center, an existing window on the back wall was removed and patched. The peninsula that divided the kitchen from the then breakfast area was eliminated, combining both areas into one space.

The new, large island acts as a large work surface, provides eat-in functionality and provides a large serving counter for buffet-style entertaining. The sink was relocated to the island, letting the person tasked with washing the dishes still be a part of the conversation taking place in the family and dining rooms.

Large Center island, wood storage under cabinets, sliding glass entry doorThis new kitchen seamlessly integrates new and old with updated features. Plenty of space between the island and perimeter help the cook work well in the kitchen. And an efficient triangle helps the cook in this kitchen maneuver with ease from sink to stove to fridge.

“Finishes and fixtures were selected for ease of use and long-term durability,” notes Leslie.  Quartz countertops, cabinetry with baked-on finishes and a full height tile backsplash keep maintenance to a minimum and ensure a long life.

It may have taken a few years after moving in to get the kitchen to the top of the priority list, but now these homeowners have the kitchen of their dreams.

Set up a time to meet with award-winning designer Leslie Molloy, CKD to start your kitchen remodel. Or, register to attend an upcoming workshop to learn tips and tricks to make your new kitchen the best it can be. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or check out the Normandy photo gallery for more design ideas and inspiration.


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